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At first blush, it may sound like a strange concept; to drink plain, hot water. You probably wouldn’t think there would be any benefit, health wise, to do so. Sure, we all know drinking cold water, on a regular basis, is good for us. However, some experts believe that drinking hot water can be just as beneficial as drinking cold water, but for different reasons. The main purpose of drinking any liquid, water in particular, is to hydrate our body. Either hot or cold water will serve this purpose. Obviously, cold water sounds more tempting than hot water.

There is some evidence to suggest you can benefit from some extra calories being burned by drinking cold water. The body has to regulate its temperature to around 98.6 degrees. Drinking cold water forces the body to work a little harder to bring the temperature back up. Cold water is absorbed into the blood stream more easily. By being absorbed into the blood stream easier, it helps to keep your body better hydrated. Especially after heavy physical activity and a lot of sweating has occurred. So, with all these benefits of drinking cold water, what benefit could drinking hot water possibly have? Would purifying your body be a good enough reason? Drinking hot water is kind of like going to a sauna.

When you drink a glass or two of hot water, your body temperature will increase a little. Just like when you drink cold water, and your body had to regulate temperature by heating up, the hot water will cause your body to want to cool down. The way our bodies cool down is by sweating. When we sweat from drinking hot water, we are helping to purify our bloodstreams. We literally sweat out the toxins which have built up in our body.

Some evidence suggests that by drinking hot water, we remove built up deposits in our nervous system. These deposits are responsible for creating negative thoughts and emotions. By removing these build ups, we can help to purify our thoughts and put us in a better emotional state. Drinking hot water can also actually purify the toxins out of your body.

1. How to Whiten yellow nails-If you have a problem with stained nails the first thing I’d recommend is to take the polish off and keep it that way for as long as you can, at least a month. This is the number one cause of yellowing nails. Secondly scrub your nails with toothpaste. This will remove some staining and help add a shine to the nails. Next, Take one tablespoon of lemon juice(natural bleaching agent) and the same of baking powder and mix together well to form a paste. Apply a small dot of the paste to the center of each fingernail. With the help of a buffer you’ll want to gently buff each nail, don’t overdo it by buffing too much. Now you can wash your hands again and pat dry. Massage a rich hand cream into the hands and nails. After doing this once per week you can get ready for polish. I’d start with a clear hardener or strengthener. Dark polishes are the worst for creating staining. If you must use a dark polish ALWAYS use a basecoat so it doesn’t seep into the nail.

2. Moisturizing dry hands & cuticles-Create a mix for your hands of one tablespoon of olive oil and 1 teaspoon sea salt (sugar if you don’t have salt). Once the mix is created wet your hands and quickly pat dry so still damp. Now pour the mix on the palms and tops of your hands to be sure to cover the cuticles and nails also. Keep rubbing this mixture for 1 minute. Now sit for 10 minutes and let the olive oil soak in. Now rinse your hands with lukewarm water and a gritty soap if you have it to cut the grease. You might have to wash a couple times with soap to remove. Once clean, pat dry and coat your hands and nails in some of your best rich hand cream. This replaces the need for such an exfoliating scrub like Sally Hansen. The oil moisturizes while the sea salt scrubs away dead skin to reveal new healthy skin. Do the same with your feet. I always do this before I begin painting my nails for an at-home manicure or pedicure.

3. Want to lighten your hair?-When spring and summer hit most people head to the salon and get themselves some highlights for that sun-kissed look. Highlights are great but the chemicals over time can cause hair to become dry and can be quite expensive. I know that most people that try sun-in spray from the drugstore usually go orange, especially if you are blond to begin with. If you aren’t looking for a major contrast in color but just a simple lightening, try lemon juice. Use a spray bottle with ¾ lemon juice (freshly squeezed is best, but the store-bought will do) and ¼ water and coat your hair by spraying all over the top. The sun has to process this to work, so you’ll have to sit outside in the sun. If you don’t like to tan, cover yourself up and hold a towel over your face. After about an hour you can wash it all out with shampoo. You’ll notice lighter, shinier hair. This won’t be a dramatic difference but will do the trick.

4. Hair Moisturizing Mask-Use eggs. If you are like me and make egg whites for breakfast, save the yolks instead of throwing them away. The protein in them will help strengthen your hair and moisturize it. Mix up 2 whole eggs whipped, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 of lime juice(lime juice optional-perks up curly hair). Leave on your hair for 20-30 minutes and tuck under a plastic shower cap. Add heat for better penetration such as a hairdryer or a heating pad and hot towel over the shower cap. Finish by shampooing hair twice and rinsing thoroughly.

5. Relieve Itchy Skin- Add 2-3 cups of quick cooking oats to your bathtub of hot water. Let is settle and stew in the water for a bit. When you are bathing, pick up handfuls of the oats and cover the itchy areas. You’ll need to shower with clean water when you are done, but do not use soap. This little recipe is great for adults as well as a child with chicken pox or poison ivy.

6. Recipe for Soft Skin & Prevent Yeast Infections-Add 1/4 Cup of Apple Cider Vinegar to a bath instead of bubble bath. It will soften your skin and protect from getting yeast infections, unlike soaps that are often the cause of yeast infections.

7. Fixing Foot Odor-Baking soda is a gentle alkaline powder that will neutralize odor-causing acids by restoring your skin’s pH level. Once a week create a relaxing food bath by adding ½ cup of baking soda to about 2 Gallons of water in your tub. Soak your feet for about 10-15 minutes. As you are draining the water, put a couple drops of peppermint or rosemary oil on each foot. This will create better circulation in the feet and a minty zing. Finish by rinsing feet, pat them dry and then ensure you use a lotion or foot cream to keep feet well moisturized.

8. Deep-Clean Oily Skin- A natural antiseptic and antibacterial ingredient, honey can be just the trick for your oily or blemished skin. Twice a day you’ll want to use 1-2 tablespoons of honey and warm it either by rubbing in your own hands or by placing in the microwave for 10 seconds to soften it. Massage it onto clean, damp skin using a pressing and releasing technique. Rinse well with warm water and pat your face dry.

9. Got the Flu?- One of the most useful tips is to get out the hydrogen peroxide and place a clean cotton swab in the bottle. Use both ends of the swab and stick one into each ear every hour. This works to speed up the healing and recovery process of the flu. My husband just tried this again this week and it works!

10. Got a mosquito bite? Hairspray is an AWESOME way to elevate the itching almost immediately. Your skin will be a little sticky but its a small price to pay when your “itchy!”

A salon and spa has the right to refuse service. Most do not discriminate against the way you dress, talk, look or the way you smell.

One of the main reasons services are denied is due to health reasons. This is not only for your health but also for the safety of other clients and liability for the salon.

One of the BIGGEST refusals in a salon is for head lice.  Head lice are tiny insects that live on the scalp. They can be spread by close contact with other people. Head lice is very contagious and spreads very easily. There is a strict procedure of sanitation and disposal of any combs, brushes etc etc that have come in contact with the lice. Head lice is frequent amongst school age children and children that attend day care. It is always good to check prior to bringing your child in for a hair service.

Another common service is pedicures. If there are any foot fungus or infections present it is the right to the manicurist to refuse services. This is a safety issue because if the technician is to provide services to you we could spread the infection or inflame it. It is also a process for the salon to sanitize and dispose of the implements used.

Herpes is becoming more common and can have you refused for skin services because if the virus is inflamed it is contagious. Herpes simplex is most easily transmitted by direct contact with a lesion or the body fluid of an infected individual. Transmission may also occur through skin-to-skin contact during periods of asymptomatic shedding. Barrier protection methods are the most reliable method of preventing transmission of herpes, but they merely reduce rather than eliminate risk. Oral herpes is easily diagnosed if the patient presents with visible sores or ulcers. Early stages of orofacial herpes and genital herpes are harder to diagnose; laboratory testing is usually required.

If you are coming in for skin services this could cause the virus to spread and also put the technician at risk.Massage service is tricky because if you are in pain and need a specific are massaged there could be specific health reasons to why the service should not be rendered. This will be discussed by your technician and any questions will be answered.

If you have severe backne it is often not good to be massaged until you have a treatment that can help the backne. This could be painful for you and also cause the spread of the acne.

These are  just some of the reasons why your services could be denied at a salon and spa. Remember it is not that the salon is not customer service orientated it is for the protection of you, other clients and the salon staff.

A visit to a day spa should be a blissfully relaxing experience, and not a stressful occasion. With a bit of research and preparation, you can be certain that your spa will be so enjoyable that you’ll be counting the days until your next spa getaway with us.

Whether you’re scheduling a visit for yourself, a friend, or a loved one, you’ll want to ensure that you make the most of a day at a Salon & Spa.  Even if you’ve never set foot in a day spa before, there’s no need to feel overwhelmed or intimidated. Here are some spa basics to help you prepare for a great spa experience.

A price savings isn’t necessarily a good bargain. Quality products just cost more. Cheap products can cause adverse side effects or be ineffective.

When choosing a salon and spa, it is often more beneficial to receive a good word of mouth recommendation than being lured in by a coupon or discount.

Your stylist or therapist should be warm, welcoming and keep constant communication as to what to expect during a treatment or service. If you are wanting pure relaxation, communicate that to your technician. Communication is the key to a successful service.

Always try to arrive early for your scheduled appointment. If you are late, you will sometimes not get the full treatment time because other clients are booked after you. Usually the therapist will do his or her very best to work with you if you are a little late.

If you are planning on having any facial or body waxing, PLEASE do not use alpha hydroxy acids or retinol A cream on the area being waxed for at least a few weeks. This is VERY important. These creams have a tendency to make the skin more sensitive and if you try to wax, you may end up with very sore area or even a red patch that will take days to disappear. Some salicylic acids can upset the balance of the skin enough to cause problems during waxing. When in doubt, ask your esthetician or dermatologist.

Tipping is not required but is greatly appreciated by your practitioner. Many therapists are paid on an hourly basis. A day spa, like a hair salon, is considered to be part of the service industry. Just as you tip your waitress according to the quality of your meal, you may wish to tip your practitioners in the same manner. You can do this very easily and discreetly at the reception desk. Some clients prefer to give a gratuity in the treatment room at the end of their service.

Our skin, being the largest sensory organ comes in so much contact with everything around us! This leaves us susceptible to germs, illness, and diseases. Massage can also give you healthy, vibrant skin! Improved elasticity of skin can take years off, leaving you looking and feeling great!

Additional benefits of massage to your skin:

  • Massage helps to reduce tension in the skin and adjoining tissues as well as increasing its circulation and improve its nutrition.
  • Massage can help to re-moisturize, and soften dry skin
  • Increases seburn (natural oils produced by your skin) production, helping improve your skins suppleness
  • Massage can help with some skin conditions like eczema, but please check with your Doctor to make sure that what you have is not contagious.
  • Massage helps your skin foster resistance to infection!
  • Increases nutrition to the cells in the skin and encourages cell regeneration
  • Massage increases production of sweat from sweat glands, helping to excrete urea and waste products through the skin 
  • Dilation of surface capillaries, which improves skin’s color and tone
  • Massage assists in improved skin gland production  
  • Superficial scar tissue is reduced
  • Realigns scar tissue after surgery

Massage candles are great for the skin as well. Using your candle is very simple. Light your candle and wait a few minutes until the wax melts into oil. Most candles come with a spoon perfectly fitted for spooning just the right amount. Spoon the massage oil directly onto you or your partner’s skin and begin massaging- the oil will never melt to a degree that is uncomfortable. The oil will stay emollient and rich for a long-lasting massage, and then it absorbs leaving the skin smooth, silky and dewy.

Use the massage oil on hands regularly to keep the skin and cuticles healthy. The oils from the candle help nails grow stronger, longer and healthier. And remember to look for a special blend of soy, coconut, hemp, avocado, jojoba and apricot oils to maximize health benefits.

You’ll find that making the transition to massage oil candles is a wonderful and warm addition for your skin and home.

     

There are many hair myths that have been passed on to generation to generation and some are even legends. Once a hair rumor starts it spreads like wild flower and it is like playing the telephone game in high school… The version has been changed and altered to something completely different…

Myth: Frequent trims make hair grow faster.
Truth: Hair grows a half-inch per month, whether you cut it or not. Hair may grow slightly faster in the summer, but that has nothing to do with the stylist’s scissors and everything to do with hormones, which do speed growth a little. One thing a trim will do: Eliminate split ends, making hair look better.

Myth: Stress can make your hair fall out.
Truth: Although your hair is falling out all the time, to the tune of 50 to 120 strands per day, it’s possible that you may lose a few more strands when you’re “catastrophically” stressed, meaning you have had a major life change such as a divorce, lost job, or surgery.

Myth: Switching shampoos can make hair look healthier.
Truth: It may seem so, but experts scoff. Hair can’t tell the difference between brands or build up tolerance to any product. Your favorite shampoo will work the same every time you lather up, week after week, month after month. If you have very oily hair or favor a particularly sticky styling product that contains wax, it does pay to use a clarifying shampoo once every two weeks to wash away residue.

Myth: If you pluck out one gray hair, two or three will sprout in its place.
Truth: While this isn’t true, plucking out those gray strands is a bad habit. You can damage the roots, causing infection or leaving a scar.

Myth: You can’t make flat, fine hair look fuller
Truth:
Five minutes with a set of large hot rollers will add life to straight hair.

Myth: Rinsing with ice-cold water after a shampoo will give you shiner hair.
Truth:
It might wake you up, but a dousing of cold water will have no effect on the shininess of your tresses.

Myth: Coloring your hair causes major damage.
Truth:
Products today — both at home and in the salon — are gentle enough not to weaken hair. In fact, some contain extra conditioners that may leave hair more manageable than before. Although it’s not necessary, it can’t hurt to consult a professional stylist the first time you do anything permanent to your hair or scalp.

Myth: You should brush your hair 100 strokes every day
Truth:
Brush it only to style it, because brushing pulls hairs out of their follicles and possibly weakens individual strands.

Myth: You can mend split ends with the right products
Truth:
Once they’re split, that’s it. You can try to make split ends less noticeable by applying a product containing silicone or beeswax. It will temporarily seal ends together, making hair softer and more manageable.

Myth: To get really clean hair, you must “lather, rinse, and repeat.”
Truth:
One thorough washing will do the trick.

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